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Giving Tuesday is a day to support charities and the causes that mean so much to us. Usually we’d be suggesting ways you can help Thrive to change lives using gardening...but this year is different to say the least!
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With the year we’ve all had, and our experience at Thrive of many people seeking gardening out as a way to improve their health and wellbeing, we thought about how the act of giving a plant can really benefit the person giving something away, as well as their friend/loved one/neighbour who is lucky enough to receive the gift.

We all know that giving is good for us – making us feel joy, evoking gratitude and it is important for our social connections. There’s also a biological response, with the body releasing our ‘happy’ hormones when we give a gift, boosting our own mood and wellbeing.

In addition to the joy and gratitude of the person who has been given something - the gift of a plant is not just a quick hit of excitement and thanks for the person receiving it. It’s a new member of the household to nurture and brighten up the surroundings.

Like 94% of our Gardening Club readers, you and your friend may discover that gardening will help improve mental health.

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With all of this in mind, we recommend you #GiveAPlant this Giving Tuesday or December for a shared sense of wellbeing during these difficult times.

Here are 5 ideas for how to get a plant to give as a gift this Giving Tuesday:

  • Buy from your local garden centre or gardening retailer to support their business during the pandemic
  • Divide any existing garden plants if you have some that would be suitable
  • Take a cutting of a plant or tree you have at home (ask permission if it isn’t yours!)
  • Plant some bulbs up that will flower in a few weeks
  • Buy a Christmas gift pack from our corporate partner PlantEra
Christmas plant kit by PlantEra

Our partner PlantEra are supporting our #GiveAPlant campaign by donating £2 from each sale of their Christmas gift pack until Christmas. The indoor plant kit includes any young indoor plant, a lovely ornamental pot, and compost for potting, so you can watch it grow and thrive. Costing £20 with carbon neutral delivery across the U.K, there is also the option to include a personalised gift note.

However your source your plant – share the feel good feeling and a photo of your plant gift with us by using #GiveAPlant!

You can also check out our houseplant care guide and our other gardening advice if you’re giving plants or you’ve received one recently.

Whether it be time, donations or a plant to a friend or loved one, why not give something today and help yourself too.

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